Waste To Charity, Inc.

Rating: 4.64 stars   36 reviews

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Location: Woodbury Executive Center 15 E Center St Woodbury NJ 08096 USA

Mission: Waste to charity is an international,501C3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to find uses for the Millions of pounds of “obsolete” and “waste” products produced by manufacturers, importers wholesalers and retail companies to stop these items going to our landfills. We find that MOST of these products can be reused in some way by people in need. How many times have you seen a company throw something away that you wished could have just been given to someone who could use it? That exact idea was used to found Waste to Charity. We know companies don’t want to dispose of anything they don’t have to, but it’s a fact of doing business. Through our work, we help corporations find new, less expensive and charitable ways to rid themselves of unwanted and unneeded items. Through charitable giving, these items assist the company’s bottom line in the form of for tax benefits, as well as the knowledge and praise that comes with helping those in need. Manufacturers may have product that is close to expiration, does not meet specs for sale, or may be storing an ingredient or item is no longer being used due to changes in ingredients, color or product. We make donating these items easy, visit www.wastetocharity.org, fill out the donation form, and we’ll do the rest.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
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Rating: 1 stars  

I was told waste to charity filed for bankruptcy and is involved in a lawsuit as well as it's president Jack Fitzgerald. Does anyone know why they filed for bankruptcy after the lawsuit? Does anyone know when it will be complete? Also what is going on with the charity filing for bankruptcy after the lawsuit was brought against them, as well as the president Jack Fitzgerald of waste to charity has completed his bankruptcy. How does this effect any donations they receive? I was told WTC was paid for waste mattresses that they sold because they were not able to even pay to have them picked up. The used Tempurpedic mattresses were donated to wtc and tempurpedic said the used dirty mattresses were worth $15,000,000 the same amount as a new mattresses. Does a contract need to be signed? I was told there was not a signed contract and Tempurpedic was over stating the value of used mattresses maybe for years.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donated to them as well as read about them and the lawsuit that the president Jack Fitzgerald and the charity waste to charity are in with Tempurpedic as well as the charity and the president filing for bankruptcy after the lawsuit was filed to try to stall a court date that will come.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them stand up and tell the truth and if tempurpedic donated used dirty mattresses to them they have the rights to stop companies from taking over inflated $ amounts on what gets donated. If some companies have been doing it for years stop them

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

WTC operators have been working on lessening waste and recycling long before it was fashionable. Kudos to them for always doing the right thing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well informed, aware of current trends and events that affect our country. With more backing, who knows what WTC could do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I've been following the crusade led by Waste to Charity since April 2007. I'm so impressed. Their resources found on their website have been extremely useful. Their programs and photos are inspiring. Thank you Waste To Charity!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help to protect the environment as our overcrowded Landfills DO contribute to Global warming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

You would be more than amazed at how much industrial stuff goes to the landfill. This organization helps companies find uses for large and small quantities of products, ingredients, used machinery and all sorts of items they would normally put in a dumpster. In addition many of the items are distributed to other charitable organizations that can use them. I would like more companies to learn about the enviromental, social and financial benefits to donating.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a big difference

Ways to make it better...

they could be bigger and be all over the country.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money to advertise and sort materials

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Great organization! We need programs like this to continue to make strides cleaning up the environment and preventing more junk in landfills.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge difference. They could get programs up to let companies and people know the kind of work they are doing. The could train people on how to be more Earth friendly. They could expand their range and get more people involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organization is very dedicated and determined to make a diffence. I feel any grants or funds available should be allotted to help this organization continue to achieve & accomplish their goals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff & volunteers are dedicated hardworking people who are making a big diffence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Thanks MG! Every drop of water in the world is connected- By the way folks- This guy also Coaches in about 4 different kids leagues a year- He has helped hundreds of kids be a better player and person- Thanks again MG!

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Waste to Charity was the reason we were able to recycle unwanted but certainly useable light fixtures. Jack Fitzgerald and his staff work professionally and effecient in the process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

actually pay the staff....

Ways to make it better...

Jack would wear deoderant.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I worked for Waste to Charity for over 4 years. This non profit is in a niche that most people don't know about, or understand. Its sort of like a Goodwill or Salvation army, not with retail outlets, but geared to industry and business rather then taking on peoples old clothes or furniture. Every year thousands of products and tons of materials become waste which would eventually end up in land fills. They may be out of date food items, obsolete, damaged, irregular or overstock inventories of any kind. Tools, clothing, computer parts, lighting fixtures, paint, you name it. Instead of paying to have these items thrown away, companies can donate this inventory to charity and write a percentage off the bottom line. Its a win- win - win situation that is good for American business, good for the charity receiving the items, and good for the American public as landfills (which are costly financially and environmentally) don't fill up, and the public, relief NGOs and faith based organizations have the chance to acquire items at substantially reduced cost. Many items are distributed to the poor and needy in this country and abroad because this tax incentive system is in place. This is recycling on a grand scale. "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Part of the reason obsolete inventories become trash is that managing them, storing them, and shipping them is more costly then what the items are worth. None the less SOME of these things still have value and usefulness. Some things are so damaged, old or undesirable that they really are trash. One has to be careful not to see fools gold instead of gold in order not to go bankrupt pedaling junk that can't be reused. Someone has to pay for the time and energy and costs associated with RE-placing these goods. This requires knowledge of a variety of markets, products, transportation systems, cultures, outlets, scams, business models, financing, tax law, salesmanship and partnership & negotiating skills, etc etc etc, plus a lot of savvy and a ton of drive, for oftentimes not much reward. Knowing you are doing good really helps to motivate you in taking on the challenges, plus there is the joy of learning so much, as every day brings on the need for knowledge of a different product. One of my duties at Waste to Charity was to find a home for these inventories. Since our activities included shipping and storing these goods, and warehousing, freight, rent, electricity, internet connections, etc not being free, there are the usual costs of doing business that must be covered by any organization, regardless of its tax status. Just because you are a charity, doesn't mean you get everything for free, or can afford to give away what you put money into, for free. Employees and CEOs of charities need to earn a living as well, to pay personal bills healthcare costs, their own rent, to school and raise their own children, fix cars, and to eat. Just like Goodwill, or the Red Cross, charities must get money to operate from somewhere. Each sells something. I sold some of the inventory we were donated, most of that money went back into the overhead I mentioned earlier. We were not driving around new cars and enjoying expensive vacations. It was challenging, rewarding work and with 5 employees we kept millions of pounds of what would otherwise be trash out of landfills and put it into the hands of those in need, or those in need of a bargain to maintain a small business. I'm so proud of what we were able to do on a skeleton budget and crew with hardly a cash donation received, from any one, any government, or business. We paid our own way with what we made from junk, never turning away possible donations without fully checking out if something was viable, or of interest to another org. My boss Jack Fitzgerald was tireless in his efforts, and by far under compensated for his role as CEO, IT technician, Head of Marketing, Head of Sales, being THE legal department, Chief operations Manager, and wearing the many many hats one must wear to operate a small business. I can't say enough about this organization, especially when you compare how much it accomplishes in comparison with its true "administrative" and operating costs, for this in the end is the true test of how much good a charity is doing, and how much "bang" for the "buck" you are getting when you donate cash or goods. The difference between what the charity puts out there for the good cause, and what it keeps for itself. With Waste to Charity you are making a good choice.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the application of its efforts

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

start a retail operation like Goodwill

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning every day, and knowing that I didn't slave away at someone else's corporate dream

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really do a lot of good

Ways to make it better...

people had donated cash, but they didn't so we made it work anyway.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I have known Waste to Charity since its inception and have been amazed at the outpouring of gifts and contributions they have made throughout the world! From sending much needed medicine to 3rd world countries to supplying bedding for our disaster ravaged south, this organization steps up to the plate time and time again. I have never heard of a need out there that they have denied were it in their power! And, who else is going to spend so much time, energy and thoughtfulness in the disposal of unspeakable items that we as a country pile up over and over! How did we manage without them!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their tenacity! I would have given up years ago but they just take each obstacle and overcome it and keep looking for the good!! Hooray for them!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met everyone there! They are kind conscientous people who care about the world and are prepared to do their part to make this planet better

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

they could have an unbelievable set up to liquidate the surplus in our society and deliver finished products to the world at large that needs them!!! So much is wasted in this world and this is one company that can stretch a dime to a dollar!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Since our inception, We have donated millions of dollars worth of food, clothing, medical equipment, and many other items, which were destined for landfills. Our corporate partners have been extremely generous, and have allowed us to streamline their reverse logistics programs. Caveat: I founded the organization, So I'm not sure my rating should count.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My day to day life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a few hundred solar panels installed on our warehouse roof, and sell electricity to our local utility, instead of purchasing it- Seems a shame to waste Florida sunshine.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That we have many ongoing relationships, and get to make a difference in the lives of people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create the world's greatest reverse logistics, in kind giving network.

Ways to make it better...

The global warming controversy were to be put aside, and the issue of pollution to be taken up. I don't think anyone is arguing that Pollution isn't a problem!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial!

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is HARD work- It has taken an extreme amount of commitment, and a giant leap of faith!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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